The senior UKIP so-called politician Victoria Ayling has received the full backing of her party following revelations that she wished she could kick out immigrants and 'send them all back home'. It's language that should worry anyone with a passing interest in politics.
This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that helped save nearly 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany bringing them to the safety of Britain before the outbreak of WWII... I would like to take the opportunity to commemorate the people whose experiences still inspire the work we do today, helping communities around the world in need survive and revitalise with dignity and pride.
Britain should not emulate France... we should move in the opposite direction and legalise brothels. True, this might seem odd coming from a rabbi but it is a matter of social reality not pious theology. The question is not do we wish the sex trade did not exist, but how do we best deal with it?
Today's decision to cap the cost of payday loans did not emerge in a vacuum. It is the fruit of years of determined campaigning, which started in chu...
Not so long ago, the ultra-Orthodox were such a small percentage within British Jewry that it was assumed they would fade away with time. It was their communities that had suffered most in the Nazi extermination camps.
I want to tell you two stories. They are very different. But together they make one coherent point, rarely discussed in our media: the solution to the grinding Israel-Palestine conflict is not the problem...
I am heavily involved in inter-faith dialogue, where one of the pre-conditions is accepting the integrity of other peoples' traditions and not seeking to change them. It therefore feels very uncomfortable to assert that the face veil is a ritual that should have no place in British society today.
For the next few months, The Jewish Thing is my life. I'm the co-writer (with the play's director, Matthew Lloyd) of a new verbatim play for London's re-branded Jewish Community Centre, JW3. I will also be one of its four actors (others include Peep Show's Isy Suttie). The project has involved extensive interviews with dozens of Jewish Londoners about their families.
The Daily Mail's attack on Ralph Miliband is so preposterous that there must be a hidden motive behind it. But what? One is that it is based on anti-semitism. That would put the Mail in the same category as Hitler who defined a Jew as anyone with one Jewish grandparent - nothing to do with faith and purely according to their birth.
The Y-word debate is once more encompassing the footballing community. To opponents of its usage, it is an abhorrent term that never should have found its way into match-day vocabulary. Contrastingly, advocates of the term contend that language is understood in context, not just one word. As such, chanting 'yid army' does not equate to condoning anti-Semitism.
Nothing remains the same for any length of time. Life is constantly shifting and moving beneath our feet. And while on the surface this is a rather depressing thought, it needn't be if we learn how to embrace change and unpack its blessings. Because with each painful change comes the opportunity for new growth and new possibilities.
From my discussions with Jewish friends who support Tottenham Hotspur, whose fans are known as the 'Yid Army' and Arsenal who probably boast more Jewish supporters than Tottenham do, most of them never shout the word 'Yid'. They don't join in with the chants because the word is still repulsive to many of them. Listening to it is still uncomfortable.
Whatever the position of the FA, Tottenham Hotspur supporters remain defiant. Chants of "Yid army" and "we'll sing what we want" reverberated around White Hart Lane during the sides 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.
Yom Kippur - the day where there's no water, no food and worst of all, no football. Old men with beards muttered to themselves, the girls in the gallery looked at me and then quickly turned the other way once I caught them staring and then there was the drone of the Rabbi's sermon.
Strange as it may seem, the Liberal and Reform movements' model of religious leadership - a conference of rabbis who reach decisions by consensus - is actually closer to traditional Judaism than the Chief Rabbinate...
One positive story to come out of the tragedy of Woolwich in May took place at the East London mosque, in Tower Hamlets, when leaders of the Christian...